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Smoke 'em out

Smoke 'em out

Down in Texas, there’s a three-tier system for judging good barbeque. If the restaurant’s logo contains an animal, it’s good. If the logo shows an anthropomorphic animal (a cow in a chef’s hat, for instance), the ’cue is even better. And if you come across a restaurant wherein the logo has an animal cannibalizing itself […]

Small Bites

And everything nice Now open up 29N: Yoder’s Sugar & Spice, an ingredient and snack shop straight from Amish Country. Owner Glenn Yoder and his family relocated from Ohio to open Sugar & Spice located next to Arby’s in Forest Lakes.   Look for deli meats and cheeses (and fresh sandwiches made while you wait), […]

Eat your hearts out

Eat your hearts out

Eating fresh artichokes is as much about the journey as the destination, since the delicious heart is protected by tough, spine-tipped leaves (artichokes are actually thistles) and the “choke,” a clump of hairy fibers at the center. Though the heart and the thick stem below are considered the prize, artichoke aficionados use the fleshy outer leaves as a vehicle for butter or vinaigrette, scraping the thicker flesh at the bottom between the teeth and discarding the tough part.

Checking in with Ari Berne

What were you doing when we called? Sleeping. You woke me up.   Tell us about your day job. I don’t have a job. Every day, I wake up, and then I write and practice lyrics for at least two hours. And then what I usually do after that is go to the Music Resource […]

Small bites

One local bakery is preparing to change hands. According to Craigslist, a spot with “growing retail sales as well as established wholesale accounts” is on the market for $130,000. Trouble is, it’s unclear which bakery it is. Here are the context clues: The ad mentions nearby soon-to-open professional offices and retail spaces, and says the […]

My Fair Lady; Heritage Theater Festival; Culbreth Theatre at UVA

My Fair Lady; Heritage Theater Festival; Culbreth Theatre at UVA

 There are times when a reviewer is taken down a peg. Admittedly, the outstanding quality of the Heritage Theatre Festival’s season opener, My Fair Lady, was one of those moments for this critic. As Henry Higgins transformed Eliza Dolittle from a screeching Cockney “guttersnipe” to softspoken lady, my “citified” theater snobbery—I hail from New York, […]

Small Bites

’Round these parts, we foodies aren’t strangers to waiting a while for a restaurant opening. (We’re looking at you, Semolina, Fry’s Spring Station and, ahem, Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar.) Historically, it’s been worth the wait. Balkan Bistro & Bar, which opened June 21, is hardly an exception. The new West Main restaurant from Anja Cetic […]

Checking in with Nick Strocchia

Checking in with Nick Strocchia

I was sending out some coordination e-mails. I’ve been running the Charlottesville Photography Initiative since August of 2009. We’re a group of about 270 amateur and professional photographers in town, and we’re largely involved with education and community outreach.

The Power Issue

The Power Issue

 Time, suggested Thomas Jefferson, often turns the powerful into tyrants—a curious remark from a person whose legacy still dictates the culture and image of our city’s largest employer. But as C-VILLE assembled its new Power Issue we learned that, in the two years since we last ranked our mightiest locals, time can turn the powerful […]

Checking in with Aaron Eichorst

Checking in with Aaron Eichorst

"I am looking through images for this Charlottesville City schools website, compiling new pictures to go up on the site. I teach art to everyone at Clark Elementary and half the population at Greenbrier. This is my ninth year teaching."

Small Bites

Happy birthday! Keeping a restaurant afloat in this town ain’t easy. It takes more than good service and a bangin’ menu to keep a customer in. You need a good reputation, too. Enter Sticks. The Preston Avenue kebob shop has served up tasty (and healthy!) food on a stick for 10 years as of this […]

Votes of confidence

Votes of confidence

Did you people compare notes? C-VILLE recently asked 11—well, 10 (see page 13)—City Council candidates to respond to the same question: “What is Charlottesville’s most valuable resource, and how do you propose to protect it?” A majority responded, “people.” Granted, there were a few variations on the theme—“children,” “the individual citizen,” “community,” “the Charlottesville resident.” […]

Small Bites

Whoever said “the bigger, the better” had the new location of Whole Foods in mind. Situated on Hydraulic Road and boasting an additional 15,000 square feet, the new Whole Foods is an impressive fixture. During a special tour before the official June 7 opening, we got a little taste of what’s, er, in store. Each […]

Let us eat cake!

Let us eat cake!

An old-fashioned cake boasting fluffy layers and swirls of frosting is just too good to be relegated to special occasions. Every day is worthy of cake, so here are a dozen places that will keep you in cake, celebratory or not, all year long. Albemarle Baking Company: The Princess Cake with vanilla cake, bavarian cream […]

Small Bites

 Hello, goodbye Say hello to your little friend. Little Caesars, that is. A new location of the $5 pizza chain is now open in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center. Locally owned and operated by Charlottesville residents Matt and Laurel Eberl, the new location isn’t affiliated with the city’s other Caesars in Kmart on Hydraulic Road. […]

Oh, honey honey

Oh, honey honey

 Busy beekeepers Apiculture, otherwise known as beekeeping, is one of the most beneficial backyard hobbies around. Bees ensure that local food crops are being pollinated and that a healthy ecosystem stays balanced. According to the Central Virginia Beekeepers Association, based in Charlottesville, these incredible insects will travel up to four miles to find food and […]

Checking in with Lee Alter

Checking in with Lee Alter

 What were you doing when we called? I was sitting in front of Greenberry’s reading a book and hanging out with my friends. I was reading The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield, which is a really cool guide to some of the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. It takes on emotional issues but focuses on […]

Small Bites

 Star turns West Main restaurant L’étoile welcomes a new chef this week. Jonathon Gariepy joins the restaurant from Florida, where he worked at The Rivers Inn and under the master chef at the Gasparilla Inn. The former Earlysville resident’s adventures down south, says L’etoile head chef and owner Mark Gresge, instilled in Gariepy a love […]

Oooh, doggie!

Oooh, doggie!

German in origin and an American trademark, these tubular treats are the original carryout. From your basic ballpark to your fancy frankfurter, they’re served a gazillion different ways. Good luck finding a favorite.—Jenée Libby, with additional reporting by Megan Headley Measure twice, chomp once: Jak-N-Jil’s Jonathan Clark makes sure the dogs at the E. High […]

Stop to eat the flowers

Stop to eat the flowers

Hand-picked and homemade Flowers can add beauty and flavor to both savory and sweet dishes at home, but think of flowers like mushrooms: If you’re not certain they’re edible, don’t eat them. Consult a reference first, or get your flowers from a source who grows them without pesticides. Borage tastes like cucumber, adding a fresh […]

Small Bites

 Baldi hacked? Imagine our surprise last week when, after nearly a year with nary a word, once-local restaurateur and now-infamous runaway Jim Baldi accepted our Facebook friend request, along with 21 others. We suspect it wasn’t the former Bel Rio owner himself who logged on, but at least one of his new friends left a […]